• View of the Golden Gate Bridge, taken from the Marin Headlands, looking towards San Francisco at sunrise.

    Golden Gate

    National Recreation Area California

Fort Baker

aerial image of Fort Baker; historic buildings clustered around open lawn with mountains and Golden Gate Bridge in background
Photo courtesy of Michal Venera
 

Fort Baker, the ninth and final "Post-to-Park" converstion in the Golden Gate National Parks, is a 335 acre former 1905 U.S. Army post located immediately north of the Golden Gate Bridge. This hidden gem of a site consists of over 25 historic army buildings clustered around a main parade ground, a sheltered harbor protected by a jetty, a number of historic gun emplacements, and trails and forested areas climbing gently up from San Francisco Bay.

Fort Baker features a hands-on children’s museum and learning center, the Bay Area Discovery Museum; a first-class lodge, Cavallo Point—the Lodge at the Golden Gate; an institution dedicated to dialog and action on global environmental issues, the Institute at the Golden Gate; as well as the U.S. Coast Guard Station Golden Gate and the Travis Sailing Center.

 
 
large homes clustered along unpaved road

Fall 2014: Fort Baker ranger-led walking tours!

Saturday October 4, 2014
1:00 pm to 2:00 pm
Saturday November 15, 2014
1:00 pm to 2:00 pm

Come visit Fort Baker’s historic Colonial Revival buildings and learn how this 1905 army post represented a new and improved standard of living for the officers and soldiers stationed here. Meet architectural historian Kristin Baron at the Cavallo Point reception building, 601 Murray Circle, Fort Baker, Sausalito, CA. This easy, 1-mile walk has one slightly steep hill climb. Program limited to 20 people; heavy rain cancels.
For reservations and parking information, call (415) 331-1540.

 

GETTING TO FORT BAKER

Driving Instructions to Fort Baker

From San Francisco

  • North on U.S. Highway 101, cross the Golden Gate Bridge.
  • Exit at Alexander Avenue (second exit after crossing the bridge).
  • Stay to the right on the exit ramp and merge onto Alexander Avenue for ¼ mile.
  • Turn left on Bunker Road and follow signs to Fort Baker.

From the North Bay

  • South on U.S. Highway 101 to the "Last Sausalito Exit," just before the Golden Gate Bridge.
  • Turn right at the stop sign at the end of the exit ramp and pass under U.S Hwy 101 to a second stop sign.
  • Continue straight onto Alexander Avenue for ¼ mile.
  • Turn left on Bunker Road and follow signs to Fort Baker.

Parking

Please park along the waterfront at Horseshoe Cove or at the trailhead at Drown Road, located off of East Road.

By Bike

Many cyclists approach Fort Baker on Conzelman Road from the Golden Gate Bridge. There are relatively flat routes around Murray Circle and along the waterfront. A short but steep climb takes you to the access road to Sausalito.

Marin Headlands/Fort Baker Map which provides you with road and trails information.

 
colored map of Satterlee Road road & trail closures

Satterlee Road Improvement Project
June 2014 - March 2015

Construction on Satterlee Road along the southeast edge of Horseshoe Cove will begin in June 2014 and continue through March 2015. Road and trail closures will be in effect during this project. For More Information:

Satterlee Road Improvements Project flyer

Satterlee Road Improvements Map

Frequently-Asked Questions regarding the Project

 

Activities at Fort Baker

Walking and Hiking

  • Fort Baker Cell Phone Tour—Learn about historic Fort Baker; its natural setting, the military and other people who have lived here through the centuries, and the role the National Park Service and park partners now play in protecting the natural world and our country's heritage here. There is a 3-hour walking tour and a one-hour accessible tour.
  • There are easy walks along the waterfront and along the bluffs—all have spectacular views of the Golden Gate Bridge and San Francisco Bay.
  • Explore seacoast fortifications at Battery Yates on the eastern bluffs.
  • Hike Drown Road and the Chapel Steps Trail for a moderate 1 mile loop.
  • To learn more about Fort Baker's history, feel free to download the two self-guided walking tours, the site bulletin and the area's map at the Fort Baker publications page.
  • PLEASE NOTE: If you are walking your dog, Fort Baker has been designated an area for on-leash dog walking only. Dogs are not allowed on the Chapel Trail or on Fort Baker Pier. For more information on the park's pet policy, please visit our pet management page.

Wildlife and Plants

Fort Baker is home to a variety of wildlife and plant species, including the endangered Mission Blue butterfly, and its host plant, the silver lupine. The shoreline and waters of Horseshoe Cove support a great variety of birds. Sea lions and harbor seals can often be seen from the shore or the fishing pier.

Fishing

Fishing and crabbing off the pier at Horseshoe Cove are popular activities year-round. A fishing license is not required on the pier.

Kayak and Sailing

Skilled kayakers and sailors can launch at the boat ramp in Horseshoe Cove. Sailing lessons and boat rentals are available at the small yacht harbor.

Scheduled Walks, Talks and Presentations

The National Park Service and the Golden Gate National Parks Conservancy schedule occasional programs at Fort Baker. To find out more, please visit the Parks Conservancy's online events calendar.


Interested in getting more involved in Golden Gate National Recreation Area?

Thousands of volunteers donate their valuable time in a variety of programs and projects that enrich the park. To learn more about volunteer opportunities, contact the park's Volunteer Program.

 
Golden Gate National Parks Conservancy

Visiting Fort Baker
Find out more about visiting Fort Baker and learn what other opportunities are available through the Golden Gate National Parks Conservancy, partner of the GGNRA. More...

 
 

Did You Know?

Cavallo Point Lodge

The U.S. Green Building Council awarded a LEED Gold standard status for environmentally sustainable design and construction to the Cavallo Point Lodge. Cavallo Point, located at historic Fort Baker, comprises of 34 buildings on 45 acres and is the first national park lodge to achieve this standard.